By this ill-conceived policy we provided the communists in Vietnam the moral basis to win, if even by default. While my best friend Dr. Poff as we knew him and others worked to win the minds and hearts of the Vietnamese people, providing medical help to the Vietnamese, my leaders were spraying on all of us, a legacy of horror, for many in Vietnam and for the veterans who fought in that war.
For over 44 years I have slowly become VA recognized 100% disabled from AO as it has slowly damaged my peripheral nerves (motor and sensory; small and large fiber; myelin and axon damage) and like so many others including the children of Vietnam, severely reduced my ability to function every day. But we are the fortunate ones, as so many have had their lives totally destroyed by ALL the cancers it causes, not just the ones the VA wants to recognize because some in power DO NOT WANT TO KNOW.
In 2014, this video was published by the New York Times. It says it all and shows the double talk by so many in power to protect the chemical companies over Agent Orange.Click here to see the video
Beyond the cancers and other acceptable diseases caused by Agent Orange, it is imperative that medical professionals understand that extremely painful neuropathy is not something that should be ignored or dismissed by medical practitioners. While many highly respected neurologists continue to deny that Agent Orange could cause chronic neuropathy, finally in 2012 the VA began to recognize the obvious about chronic neuropathy and Agent Orange with the recognition by the National Institute of Health.
Today, the VA still insists on talking about neuropathy being diagnosed in the decades after Vietnam. Medical science could not even recognize the symptoms let alone diagnose it. The requirement for the veteran to prove early onset at the 10% disabling level within one year of exposure is unrealistic basis on facts about the difficulty of diagnosis even in 2014! This is an unrealistic requirement imposed by the VA creating yet more legal hurdles for veterans.
Truth does set you free.